Texas High School Football Team Accused of Bullying
We have all seen teams run up the score, but one parent thought that what happened Friday night went to far.
A high school football coach in Texas was slapped with a formal bullying complaint after his team won 91-0 on Friday. Aledo High School has scored 77 points or more in their last four games. This is the first complaint that has been filed against head coach Tim Buchanan for his team’s blowout victories.
The dad of a player on the team that was blown out, Western Hills High School, claims Buchanan encouraged his players to bully their opponents by running up the score. The dad, who opted not to leave his name in the complaint that went public, said that while the Aledo Bearcats players showed good sportsmanship, he was disappointed with their coach’s actions.
The father wrote in his complaint that driving his son home after the game was tough because “I did not know what to say on the ride home to explain the behavior of the Aledo coaches for not easing up when the game was in hand.” The dad of the Western Hills player also said, “We all witnessed bullying firsthand, it is not a pretty sight.”
Buchanan is adamant that no bullying occurred in his team’s win. Not only did he pull his starters in the first quarter, his third string players were on the field when the clock ran out. After the first half was over, the officials began running a clock that didn’t stop unless a timeout or score occurred and in the fourth quarter, the officials used a continuous running clock, so the score could have reached triple digits.
So please explain to me what this father wanted to happen. Once the team was up by substantial amount of points, lets say 49. Did he want the quarterback to go and take a knee every snap? Punt the ball on first down? Starters were not in the game and the clock was always moving past halftime. Did we want the Junior Varsity squad to take over? I don’t get what he wanted changed, but that’s just me.